25 Mantras to Get You Through 100 Burpees


There’s no question about it: doing 100 burpees in a row is tough.

It doesn’t matter how fit you are, or how many burpees you do on a regular basis—there’s just something about doing 100 in a row that’s not only physically hard, but incredibly mentally challenging as well.

Honestly, as many times as I’ve done 100 burpees now, it’s still really hard for me. The morning I know that’s going to be my workout for the day, I secretly dread them and find as many ways to procrastinate actually doing them as possible. And that moment before I hit the GO button on the stopwatch? I get butterflies in my stomach even thinking about it.

That’s why I’m so incredibly proud of so many of you for getting past those mental and physical hurdles and doing the 100 burpee challenge every month. It’s not easy, and no matter how fast you’re able to do them, you should be proud of yourself for even attempting them!

So in case you need a little extra motivation this weekend when you give the challenge another go, here are 25 mantras that will help you get through the 100 burpee challenge:

25 Mantras to Get You Through 100 Burpees

Repeat one of these burpees in your head (or out loud!) the next time you do the challenge to help you get through it:

1. I can do this.
2. I’m a rockstar.
3. I can kick these burpees ass!
4. I am capable.
5. I am strong.
6. I won’t let my mind hold me back.
7. I am an athlete.
8. I am confident.
9. I am a serious BADASS.
10. I know if I stick with it I CAN finish.
11. I love challenges and what I learn from overcoming them.
12. Every single burpee is making me stronger and fitter.
13. I am thankful I CAN do burpees.
14. I will NOT give up.
15. I can f&#%ing do this.
16. Starting is the hardest part. I can do this.
17. I will ROCK these burpees!
18. Nothing worth doing is ever easy.
19. One burpee at a time.
20. I’m tougher than the rest.
21. Every burpee I do makes me more awesome.
22. Think strong, be strong, finish strong.
23. Don’t think. Just burpee.
24. Fast or slow, it hurts just the same.
25. I believe I can do this!

August 100 burpee challenge + t-shirt contest

Ok you guys, you’re probably starting to know the drill by now, but here are the rule refreshers for the t-shirt contest:

Step #1: You do the 100 burpee challenge. You have by the end of the weekend (a.k.a. August 3rd) to complete the challenge.

Step #2: Post your time AND the amount you’ve improved from last month’s challenge in the comments of this post. I’ll try and make sure to look on Facebook/Google+/my inbox as well, but if you want to make sure I see your time, post it here.

Step #3: I’ll look over all the times and send a shirt of your choice to you (or whoever you want)!

Now go work as hard as you can! And don’t forget, you have by the end of the weekend to do the challenge and post your time. Kick some burpee ass!

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37 thoughts on “25 Mantras to Get You Through 100 Burpees”

  1. Ok- I’ve thought about it a few times, but this is the first time I’m actually going to do it! (Now that I’ve written it, I HAVE to right?!) Accountability. 🙂

  2. I did the 100 burpee challenge this morning and got 9:16!! SO.SO.SWEATY. ha Last month my time was 10:48. I still think burpees are a total drag, but it is SO rewarding to know I am improving.

  3. Burpees are challenging and thats why I like them! Last month I tried it first time and had to stop 3 times before I finish 50 burpees. Could not do 100…. gonna give it a try again. Though I haven’t been working out much and reguler besides swimming sometimes but wanna see that bucket of sweat. Thanks for the mantras 🙂

  4. Last month I did 9:41. This morning I hit it GOOD!! I got 8:03. i have been doing your workouts and another HIIT plus the gym. So my time I knew was going to be better!! I love/hate burpees!!

  5. Been aiming for a sub-7 minute for a couple of months.
    Last month: 7:12.
    This evening: 6:43.
    Kudos to everyone who has posted – stay crazy!

  6. Happy 1st of August! I just did 9m55 as a first-timer. Five sets of 20’s (all bar the last 20 were 1min 50 each) with breaks of 30 seconds *2 and followed by 40 seconds *2. Gave it all I have. I was thinking that I might be able to do sets of 25’s but knew as soon as I hit the teens that a set of 20 would challenging enough. Burpees 90-100 were a little dirty. It’s hard to imagine I will ever be able to do 100 burpees fast paced without any breaks, but I know one marker of incredible fitness. I’m guessing I should decrease the sets each month to get there? Daunting. At about half way I thought of your mantras but stopped for fear of losing count. Thank you!

  7. 9:39! This was my first month – started using 12 minute athlete about 3 weeks ago! Thanks so Journey’s “Don’t stop believing” and those mantras I made it to 100 burpees!!! Woo hoo!!

  8. It is funny what you say about procrastinating. When I saw it was 100 Burpee Challenge day, I scrolled down to see what else there might be to read. Enough putting it off, time to DO IT! Happy Weekend to you!

  9. 11:40 first time doing the challenge! Also first time back to HIIT since I had my baby. Feels good to be back.

  10. For this my second month I got 10:51 which is 49 seconds faster than my first try at this last month. Thank you Krista for all the encouragement and acknowledgement that maintaining my athlete body takes hard work! Inspired 🙂 !

  11. I did mine in 14:37. I’ve not done 100 straight before. I’ve been doing 91 every few days using the Baker’s Dozen method from an eBook called Jailhouse Strong. 13, walk 10 feet away then come back, 12, walk away the come back, 11, etc. all the way down to 1. So, in order to get to 100, I go 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4, the dashes being where I walk 10 feet, come back and continue.

  12. 100 with full pushups in 7:30…last month was 8:50 so I’m pleased with the progress. Thanks again Krista for posting this challenge!

  13. Woah! First month using 12 minute Athlete every other day and went down from 6 min 11 sec to 4 MINUTES 31 SECONDS!! Thank you Krista for helping me become my ultimate badass self thus far!

  14. I finished. Considering I recently had a baby I’m going to force myself to be okay with my awful time. 14:52 (although I don’t think there were many push ups after 75) At least I can’t get any worse.

  15. I don’t really understand how everyone is pulling these times. I’ve been doing burpees for years. I am now on a 100 burpee a day challenge and up to day 9. Yesterday I thought I’d do them under 10 minutes – three hours later I was still struggling to get through my daily hundred. I’m doing a full pushup, not flattening myself to the ground, but concentrating on good form, and jumping up in between. Are the people who are doing 4 and 6 minutes just jumping back without a pushup? I feel like a serious wimp!


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